Homeschooler Ordered to Attend Public School
This Story in World [click to read] ought to worry anyone concerned about government overreach, not just "dangerous"[1.] homeschoolers. Seems like the problem wasn't academics:
"According to the court report, the mediator found that Amanda was excelling in her schooling, using curriculum that was approved by her school district, and routinely taking standardized tests. She was also taking art, Spanish, and P.E. classes at her local public school, where the instructors said she was well-rounded in her social skills. The mediator was concerned, however, by Amanda’s faith."
Sounds like the mediator was of the same mind as Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, who told some of his elite buddies:
"One of the things you are going to see is a coalition that is just about completely taken over the Republican Party in this state and if they have their way it’s going to take over state government. It is made up of the Christian Coalition, but not just them. It is made up of the right-to-lifers, but not just them. It’s made up of the NRA, but not just them. It is made up of the home-schoolers, but not just them. It’s made up of a whole coalition of people that have all sorts of differing views that I think most of us in this room would find threatening to what it means to be an American."
Of course he thought the microphones were off!
I've mentioned Alvin Schmidt's Book, Under the Influence [click to read] before. There is plenty of good evidence to suggest Christianity has been a healthy force in the creation of Western Civilization, yet so many 'intellectuals' seem to be steeped in the lampoon that Baltimore writer H. L. Mencken created in the wake of the 1926 Scopes trials. It was Mencken who coined the oft quoted phrase "monkey trials." Yet I'll bet most would be hard pressed to remember the substance of Bryan and Darrow's arguements. Sadly, the popular media has run with the notion that men of much faith are by default men of little thought. We are the poorer for it.